Have you ever wondered what other plants are still out there and where we can find them? Have you ever encountered a plant you wished you knew? If yes, then keep reading, because this writeup is perfect for you. We’ve come up with a list of extinct and never-heard plants you can learn more about so that you can widen your knowledge about it.
While these have weird names for a plant, these are most loved (and treasured) by environmentalists. Here are six extinct plants you should know about, and where to find them:
Cooksonia is said to be one of the oldest plants that ever existed. According to research, this plant has started living more than 400 million years ago. This ancient plant is a small primitive form of a vascular land plant that has no leaves or roots. Scientists up to this day are still wondering how these plants can attach themselves to the land. Cooksonia plants can be found along rivers and coastlines and are usually submerged underwater.
- The Franklin Tree
If the late American politician Benjamin Franklin came to mind when you saw “The Franklin Tree”, you probably have an idea what this is. The Franklin Tree was the discovery of botanist John Bartram and son William in 1675. It can be described as a shrub, an attractive shrub we say; it has dark green leaves that turn red, orange, and pink in the fall. It even forms white flowers sometimes during summer too! At present, plants of the same kind are being planted along the banks of Atlanta River where it was first witnessed.
- Toromiro Tree
The Toromiro tree –which is located in Easter Island, one of the remote places on Earth- is found about 2,200 miles from South America. It is a small shrub tree that measures approximately 6 feet in height and is easily recognizable with its twisted trunk and heavily fissured Red bark.
Unfortunately, environmentalists haven’t managed to see a Toromiro tree again, yet. Efforts are still being exerted to bring it back to the Easter island too, but none has been successful so far.
- Araucaria Mirabilis
The Araucaria Mirabilis is a cone-shaped plant discovered by botanist Anselmo Windhausen in the year 1919. As narrated in some historical accounts, these cones were formed after the volcanic eruption that engulfed the entire region of Cerro Cuadrado and that it was actually the lava that transformed the plants into cones after it solidified with them. The Araucaria Mirabilis can be found today in southeast Queensland, Australia.
- Baobab Tree
The Baobab tree is a unique species that sprouts its leaves just three times a year. People usually use the term “life-giving tree” to describe it, and this is probably because the Baobab can store water in its large, twisted trunk. This unique plant can be found in Madagascar, Africa, and India where people build their homes among its roots.
- Monkey Puzzle Tree
So does it really look like a monkey or a puzzle? No. This quirkily named plant is a beautiful evergreen tree that can grow up to 30 to 40 meters in height. Due to its longevity, scientists and environmentalists have described the Monkey Puzzle Tree as a “living fossil”. This fascinating plant can be found in the land of fire and ice, Chile.
Thousands of species are going extinct, and it’s not just the animals, it’s the plants too. As humans, we are tasked to be the stewards of a beautiful creation – mother nature – and should look after all plants so that the ecosystem can maintain its balance.